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- Rep. Louie Gohmert had some profound thoughts about gay people and desert islands.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Tyler, is no stranger to the Bonehead Quote of the Week.
This week while speaking to students at Liberty University, the massive evangelical Christian college in Lynchburg, Virginia founded by Jerry Falwell, Gohmert took home that prize once again.
While on the subject of marriage, Gohmert proposed a sort of Gilligan’s Island “experiment” that sounds more like a forthcoming reality show on Bravo than the idea of an elected official responsible for writing sound policy:
“Congress is good about having studies. How about if we take four heterosexual couples, and put them on an island where they have everything they need to live and exist, and we take four couples of just men and put them on an island where they have all they need to survive. And then let's take four couples of just women and put them on an island, and then let's come back in 100 years and see which one nature favors. Just see, you know?”
Dr. Gohmert (that’s a joke, he is not really a doctor) generated some pretty sensational headlines from this comment. They include:
“Congressman wants to put gay people on an island to see if they die out”
“Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Wants To Banish Gay Couples To A Deserted Island”
“Texas GOP Rep. Wants to See Gays Die Out on Island”
These seem to exaggerate what he said. But Gohmert’s comments are still maddeningly stupid.
First of all, we can agree that the gay island would just be a lot more fun to hang out on. Maybe Gohmert is just jealous that he wouldn't merit an invite.
Or maybe he thinks of himself as some sort of Mr. Wizard of the GOP. If he'd like to apply for that job, I would support it. He'd do a lot less damage fouling up homemade volcanoes than he does on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Of course putting eight people of the same sex on an island won’t result in the perpetuation of the species. But what does that mean? What does that prove? Why is that important?
Does Gohmert mean that gays and lesbians should just hang it up because you can’t biologically produce children with a member of the same sex? As if he’s uncovered some previously unknown universal truth about humanity.
Keep in mind, this isn’t even close to the craziest thing that Gohmert has ever said. It’s not even in that conversation.
This is the same person who suggested that those who opposed same-sex marriage faced the same level of persecution as Jews in Nazi Germany. The same guy who posited the “Terror Babies” theory: the idea of children raised in the United States for the express purpose of committing acts of terror. The same illustrious lawmaker who supported building a pipeline through Alaska to enhance the sex lives of caribou.
To be fair, he’s probably kidding about that last one. But then again, who knows with this guy.